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Hampie
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 Message 2449 of 3735
04 July 2012 at 2:04am | IP Logged 
emk wrote:
You know your family is into languages when…

…you see a bilingual French / hieroglyphic edition of "Les aventures de Sinouhé : Un
fidèle de Pharaon" and your wife encourages you to buy it.

Les aventures de Sinouhé

I WANT THAT!
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Ismeme Granger
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 Message 2450 of 3735
04 July 2012 at 6:05am | IP Logged 
When you're visiting a natural history museum, and you pay more attention to the fact
that all of the signs have been translated into Spanish than the actual exhibits. As a
result, you now know the word in Spanish for skull ('cráneo') but can tell you very few
things about the actual exhibit.

When you also think that the Spanish is more well-written than the native language--
English.
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FireViN
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 Message 2451 of 3735
04 July 2012 at 6:39pm | IP Logged 
When you see a big red book with a huge "Gujarati" written in the cover, and you get very excited because a book about this language would be VERY rare in Brazil.

When I got closer, I realized it was about econometrics. How sad is that?
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Cavesa
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 Message 2452 of 3735
04 July 2012 at 11:23pm | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:
You know you have wandered into a family of language-nerds, when
your then girlfriend
invites you back to her flat, and the first thing you see on the wall is a poster in
Dutch. Up to that time, the only English person I knew who had studied Dutch was me.
In time, more linguistic facts came out, such as: all the family had studied Welsh, and
several of them had studied Italian (one to degree level) and 3 had studied French,
German and Latin.



I understand. I was excited when I found out my boyfriend's mother had used to know
Esperanto to high level. But it is nothing compared to the language nerd nest you have
just discovered :-)

(sorry, not sure whether "had used to" is correct, it is late and I'm tired)
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psy88
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 Message 2453 of 3735
05 July 2012 at 2:07am | IP Logged 
montmorency wrote:
You know you have wandered into a family of language-nerds, when your then girlfriend
invites you back to her flat, and the first thing you see on the wall is a poster in
Dutch. Up to that time, the only English person I knew who had studied Dutch was me.
In time, more linguistic facts came out, such as: all the family had studied Welsh, and
several of them had studied Italian (one to degree level) and 3 had studied French,
German and Latin.




when you think "then girlfriend" (past tense?!) She would have been a keeper for most of us language nerds!!
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Chung
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 Message 2454 of 3735
05 July 2012 at 2:18am | IP Logged 
I'd take an unilingual lass who knows only an Uralic language over montmorency's then-girlfriend any day of the week >:-) ;-)
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Warp3
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 Message 2455 of 3735
05 July 2012 at 4:15am | IP Logged 
Cavesa wrote:
I understand. I was excited when I found out my boyfriend's mother had used to know
Esperanto to high level. But it is nothing compared to the language nerd nest you have
just discovered :-)

(sorry, not sure whether "had used to" is correct, it is late and I'm tired)


You could use either "used to know" or "had known" there, though the former sounds more natural.
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mashmusic11235
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 Message 2456 of 3735
05 July 2012 at 5:45am | IP Logged 
psy88 wrote:
montmorency wrote:
You know you have wandered into a family of
language-nerds, when your then girlfriend
invites you back to her flat, and the first thing you see on the wall is a poster in
Dutch. Up to that time, the only English person I knew who had studied Dutch was me.
In time, more linguistic facts came out, such as: all the family had studied Welsh, and
several of them had studied Italian (one to degree level) and 3 had studied French,
German and Latin.




when you think "then girlfriend" (past tense?!) She would have been a keeper for most
of us language nerds!!


Who knows, maybe he married her? ;)

While we're on this topic, you're a language nerd when you second-guess your
relationship upon finding out that your girlfriend has trouble with the rolled 'r'.


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